In January, Nicollet County was awarded a grant by the Blandin Foundation to complete a county-wide broadband feasibility study. Work on the study will occur throughout 2020. The purpose of the study is to gather information about broadband internet service in the County and determine the market demand, technology alternatives, and costs. Where gaps are identified, the hope is the study will help facilitate more grants and private sector investment to improve broadband service in the County.
The term “broadband” refers to internet connections that can transfer data and information (like webpages) at high speeds. Wired broadband service is considered the most reliable form of high-speed internet. Currently 82% of Nicollet County households are served with wired broadband service. However, the map below shows most of the wired broadband is located in St. Peter and North Mankato (green color), while the remainder of the County is considered unserved (pink color), with no wired broadband.
The study process includes gathering information about current internet costs in these areas. If you live or own any business in any Nicollet township or the City of Nicollet, please consider submitting your entire internet provider bill by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Nicollet County, Attention Broadband Study, 501 South Minnesota Avenue, St. Peter, MN 56082. If you don’t live in these areas but know someone that does, encourage them to submit their bill instead.
Please remove all personal information from the bill including account number, name and address. This can be done by crossing the information out with a marker or by cutting it off the bill. This information will be provided to the consultant preparing the study and will only be used to summarize current internet costs in the study areas. The information submitted will become public data and may be disclosed upon request. Thank you for assisting with our study!